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Welcome New Writer

welcome bouncy headsPlease help me welcome our newest writer to the site, WolfyAwesome. WolfyAwesome is a talented writer with a flair for descriptive language. But don’t just take my word for it. Go read WolfyAwesome’s addition to the Adventure #2 Group Project and see for yourself.

Inkwolf also shows her flair for descriptive language in her newest ongoing story, The Long Road. With mighty animals facing unknown dangers, it’s a powerful beginning to what promises to be another exciting story from Inkwolf.

We read stories to experience things we might not otherwise. The more we feel like we’re there, right in the middle of the action, the better we like it and the longer we’ll remember it.

The same is true for learning about characters. We don’t want to be told what a character is like; we want to form our own opinions and figure it out for ourselves. That’s why the best way to introduce a character is to show them doing something that is typically them, then show how other characters react and respond.

mean eagleWant to see how? Read the opening scene of Mikaela’s newest story, Eagle, for a great example of how to show, not tell. Well done, Mikaela!

Pssstt…

yellow python coiledSirius uncovers a life-changing secret. Read Chapter Two of Ink Wolf’s Scales and Tails to find out what it is.

groupPlease make sure you read the entire string of comments and continue the story after the last comment. A note to Komali2: I received your addition to the Mystery Group Project but didn’t post it because it wasn’t at the end of what had already occurred in the story. You’re more than welcome to add to the end of any group project, start a new one, or submit your own story. Thanks for understanding.

How to Start a Story

great jobBeginnings can be tricky because you have to decide what information to share and what to hold back. You want to tell your readers enough so they’ll understand the type of story you’re going to tell but you also want to hold back some secrets to keep them reading. If you’d like to see a well-written example of what to include in the beginning of your story, read Mikaela’s prologue for God is Now Here. She includes everything a good beginning should include and she does it in less than a page. Well done, Mikaela!

Mikaela also added to the group Mystery story and it’s getting really, really good. You should go read that too. Then add to it because I can’t wait to see what happens next!

New Poem

dawnI love poetry. And poets. And Mikaela’s latest poem, The Dawn. Check it out. Bet you’ll love it, too.

Bring on the Snakes!

snakeTypically, I don’t like snakes. I didn’t like spiders either, but Inkwolf changed my mind about those eight-legged beasts in Guardians in the Window. Now she’s making me care about snakes in her newest ongoing story, Scales and Tails. How does she do it? She gives her characters strengths and weaknesses we respect, admire, and relate to, then surrounds them with problems and trouble that we understand. This is how you make a great story. This is how you make your readers care and feel and worry. Another great addition to the site. Thanks for sharing, Ink Wolf!

Spidey Sense

spiderThere’s a party going on but there’s also a decision that has to be made. Will Alleki choose to go with the Soul Takers or will his choice be made for him? Read Chapter Four of Ink Wolf’s Guardians in the Window to find out.

It’s Fun; It’s Funny

ninjaNeve’s Ninjaz are back! With help from her brother Finley, Neve’s made sure these ninjaz will make you grin and make you giggle. Follow the link, The Secret Life of Ninjaz to follow their latest adventures.

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God’s Mysterious Ways, submitted earlier today, was actually written by Night Wolf, not Ink Wolf. My apologies to both writers. I’ve fixed the mistake and am sorry about the mix up!

mountainsNight Wolf uses compelling and solid imagery to show readers the power of God in the story, God’s Mysterious Ways.

Looking for Your Advice

adviceMikaela is revising The Magic Sword of Trestia and is looking for advice. Follow the link, read what’s there and let her know what you think! You can comment here or there.

Powerful Beginning

curiosityElsy keeps up the mystery and intrigue as she introduces her characters in the first chapter of Connie. She gives us just enough to give us an idea of what they’re like but she also lets us know that something’s not quite normal about these girls. Since Elsy doesn’t come right out and tell us what’s up, readers are sure to keep reading. It’s compelling and intriguing and a great example of building readers’ curiosity, all coming together to make a powerful opening.

New Story

hookLooking for an example of how to hook your reader right from the very beginning? Read the prologue of Elsy’s newest story, Connie. It’s intriguing. Mysterious. Yet somehow relatable. Great job, Elsy.

twisted pencilInk Wolf shared Chapter 3 of Guardians in the Window. Now she’s looking for a twist for Chapter 4. I’m sure she’d appreciate your suggestions, so follow this link and look for her comment about plot twists. Scroll to the end of the comments to find it.

surprising elementsMikaela’s been busy! She’s added to several group projects, including:

two stanzas to the group poem Unicorn

three trials to the Fantasy group project

and… and…

well, she also added quite a fantasy element to the Historical Fiction #2 group project. A bit unexpected. But it also struck me as extremely funny because.. well, because it was so unexpected! You should check it out. Maybe you could add more elements from other genres to this story? I think it’d be fun to mesh all the genres together. Fun to write. Fun to read. Of course, as always, it’s all up to you guys. (But I think you should do it. Really. Please?)

celebrate I Love to Write DayThe 12th Annual I Love to Write Day is still a few days away (November 15) but I can’t think of a better way of celebrating than sharing Neve’s latest addition of The Secret Life of Ninjaz. Neve is obviously having a great time writing this story and I know you’ll have a great time reading it.

There’s a lot of bickering and fighting and hilarious dialogue and imaginative scene changes in this installment. Not only will you find plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but also scads of hot dogs, a crazy amount of ponies and… are you ready?… plenty of slightly altered Star Wars characters.

Neve’s brain has to be frizzed and her fingers have to be frazzed. Even Neve says “this took ages” to prepare but this time, at least, she had help from her brother, Finley. So. Welcome to the site, Finley, and thanks for helping your sister make us laugh out loud and celebrate I Love to Write Day in one of the absolutely best ways.

 

spider purple webYou’ll find plenty to keep you up at night in Ink Wolf’s latest addition to Guardians in the Window: spiders and wasps; explosions and flammable dust. Thanks for sharing, Ink Wolf. I can’t wait to read what happens next.

Writing Contest

Paper and Pen ClipartFrom now until December 30, 2014, The Young Voices Foundation is accepting short stories from students in grades K-12 for their writing contest, Young Voices of America Tell Their Stories. You can write any type of story you want but the story can’t be longer than 10,000 words. Follow this link to enter and make sure you read all the rules.

Thanks, Mikaela, for sharing this contest with us. Good luck to everyone who enters!

Awesome New Story

spiderRead Guardians in the Window, submitted by Ink Wolf, and I guarantee you that you will never, ever look at spiders the same way again.

The Ninjaz in Neve’s Mind

ninjaNeve’s Ninjaz are at it again in Chapter 4 of The Secret Life of Ninjaz, where “evil is brewing.” But don’t worry – there’s still plenty of craziness and zaniness among the Ninjaz.

You Have to Read These

readingFollow the links to read four new submissions from Neve.

Halo – A new and powerful story about fallen angels and evil forces.

Snowflakes – Are we like snowflakes? See why Neve thinks so.

The Secret Life of Ninjaz – Part 2 of Chapter 2 includes a poll for you to answer.

Night Terrors – Sad, beautiful, hopeful.

Enjoy! And remember to comment!

The Ninjaz are Back

ninjaIn the beginning of Chapter 2 of The Secret Life of Ninjaz, Neve describes where the story’s heading like this:

“Hey dudes, the Ninjaz are back and this time they are pointlessly rabbiting on about what they like to do in their suspiciously long spare time, and Steve is lecturing Luke and Mark in the delicate subject of pasta bakes while Mark is trying to learn to play badminton. Enjoy.”

Sound hilarious? It is! Follow the link to see what happens.

More than One Narrator

groupIf you’d like to read a fun example of a young writer using more than one narrator to tell a story, go to Elsy’s K.M.A. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s exciting. And she’s done an excellent job of changing voice and perspective when she switches narrators. You’ll learn a lot from this one!

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